How To Make Sure Your Math Anxiety Doesn’t Make Your Kids Hate Math

A spike in blood pressure. A racing heart rate. Sweaty palms. For many adults, this is what they feel when faced with difficult math. But for kids, math anxiety isn’t just a feeling, it can affect their ability to do well in school. This fear tends to creep up on students when performance matters the most, like during exams or while speaking in class. One reason for a kid’s math anxiety? How their parents feel Read More

Gaming Addiction Disorder; White House Pitches Big Changes For Education Department

Gaming disorder is the newest addictive disorder listed in the World Health Organization’s medical diagnostic guide. Symptoms include prioritizing video games over responsibilities and other activities, having no control over impulses to play, and increasing time spent playing video games regardless of the consequences. To be diagnosed, a person must have “significant impairment in personal, family, social, educational, occupational or other important areas of functioning” in the last year, according to the WHO. Gaming disorder was added Read More

Online Application Woes Make Students Anxious and Put Colleges Behind Schedule

With early admission deadlines looming for hundreds of thousands of students, the new version of the online Common Application shared by more than 500 colleges and universities has been plagued by numerous malfunctions, alarming students and parents and putting admissions offices weeks behind schedule “It’s been a nightmare,” Jason C. Locke, associate vice provost for enrollment at Cornell University. “I’ve been a supporter of the Common App, but in this case, they’ve really fallen down.” Read More

5 Signs Your Teen Needs Mental Health Treatment

Teens go through emotional ups and downs all the time. Hormones are changing, life can seem overwhelming, and without much life experience, a young adult can feel misguided. When parents are busy working, or a natural separation from family occurs, teens may turn to friends instead of parents. Peer support can be helpful for certain issues. But when the symptoms of a mental illness are present, more than a good friend is needed. The problem Read More

Drawing cartoons empowers teen with mental disorders

On the surface, Zack Hix is like many 18-year-olds. The Simpsonville, South Carolina, teen’s favorite foods are cheeseburgers and pizza. He listens to rock and punk music. He loves to race mountain bikes, play video games, watch Georgia Bulldogs football with his dad and — perhaps most importantly — draw. But Zack also suffers from a laundry list of mental health issues, including both intermittent explosive- and obsessive-compulsive disorders, which make him different from other Read More

Reduce Your Anxiety This Minute: 3 Different Types of Deep Breathing

Deep breathing has become increasingly important in my recovery from depression and anxiety because I recognize that shallow breath contributes to my panic. In fact, at my worst hours, I would use a paper bag to keep from hyperventilating. The practice of deep breathing stimulates our parasympathetic nervous system (PNS), responsible for activities that occur when our body is at rest. It functions in an opposite manner to the sympathetic nervous system, which stimulates activities Read More

How Your Mental Health May Be Impacting Your Career

One American in two develops a mental illness at some point in their lives. At any moment in time, about 20 per cent of the population in developed countries has a mental illness. We know surprisingly little about why so many people suffer depression, anxiety or addiction to drugs and alcohol. We do know, however, about the severe consequences on their social and economic lives. In the U.S., people with a mental illness are two Read More

Tired and edgy? Sleep deprivation boosts anticipatory anxiety

UC Berkeley researchers have found that a lack of sleep, which is common in anxiety disorders, may play a key role in ramping up the brain regions that contribute to excessive worrying. Neuroscientists have found that sleep deprivation amplifies anticipatory anxiety by firing up the brain’s amygdala and insular cortex, regions associated with emotional processing. The resulting pattern mimics the abnormal neural activity seen in anxiety disorders. Furthermore, their research suggests that innate worriers – Read More

How The Anxiety Epidemic In The American Workplace Is Ruining Your Health

America is famously the most anxious nation in the world, with 31 percent of the country dealing with symptoms of anxiety, according to the World Health Organization. While there are a host of factors that contribute to anxiety, our work culture plays a big role. It’s where people spend most of their waking hours; and how we process our work lives has a dramatic affect on our well being. “Surveys show that stress levels [in Read More

TeachME: New Courses

Medical Assessment and Treatment of HIV $12.00 [3.00 CE Hours] The information for this intermediate level course was taken from a Department of Health and Human Services publication, and it outlines the steps for providing effective medical assessment and treatment for HIV-infected substance-abusing clients. Included is a brief overview of adherence issues, standards of care and barriers to this care, pharmacologic aspects, and health issues that affect HIV/AIDS and substance abusing clients. Electronic Aggression and Read More